“Back In the Office” campaign

While supporting any and all well meaning people who want to help back pain, I find myself at odds with one recommendation of the forth coming “back in the office” campaign promoted by the Charity Back care (6th -12th October 2014)

Whilst i endorse most of the aims of this campaign

  • Stand not Sit while you work
  • Stretch your back at your desk at least every half hour
  • Set your workstation just right
  • Ergonomic furniture, a hype or a necessity?
  • Use headsets and stop straining those neck muscles!
  • Take regular breaks especially if you work long hours
  • Employers guidelines

I think based on current research, that the “stretch your back ” suggestion, is probably  best  treated with caution

Stretching , twisting and cracking your back?

 

If you stretch twist and crack your back I have one message for you: pack it in!!

“Soft tissue injuries result from excessive tension, so excessive tension in the rehabilitation situation is counterproductive…stretching of …chronically tight tissue is counterproductive. It may give an initial sensation of relief because the muscle spindles have been deadened, but this practice…weakens the tissue further because of the weakened proprioceptive response.”

Boo Schexnayder

“stop trying to Stretch and mobilise! Let tissues settle and regain their proprioceptive abilities so they tell the truth”

Stuart McGill